Axe Street car park in Barking to temporarily close

Axe Street Car Park in Barking will temporarily close while building works are carried out on a new leisure centre.

The car park will close completely on July 22, and then re-open in a reduced form five weeks later.

Once re-open there will be around 13 bays for the duration of building works, with completion expected around autumn next year. Most will be reserved for blue badge holders.

The closure was supposed to happen in the spring, but archaeological works on the site took longer than expected.

There is alternative car parking in London Road multi-storey car park, which is around 400 yards away.

There is also pay and display parking available in nearby streets including St Paul’s, London Road, Abbey Road, George Street, Wakering Road and Linton Road. Some new bays are also being installed in nearby Clockhouse Avenue.

The new Asda development being built in London Road will also create additional car parking capacity

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The new Barking Leisure centre is a replacement for Goresbrook and Abbey Leisure Centres. Facilities will include a 25 metre swimming pool, learner pool, 120 station fitness gym, health spa and three workout studios.

Goresbrook closed last year and Abbey will shut in the autumn next year to coincide with the opening of the new leisure centre.